By Michael Bennett
Joel Embiid is easily the Sixers’ most intriguing player.
Basically because if he’s in the proverbial “best shape of his life” he dominates every other NBA team the way we saw Anthony Davis overpower and overwhelm the undersized Heat in the Finals.
He’s been arguably the league’s biggest deterrent around the basket for his entire career. But his effort on offense has waxed and waned depending on his conditioning.
If he’s low on stamina, you’ll see him lazily jacking three-pointers and hanging out on the perimeter.
If he’s feeling good, however, he’ll go through stretches during games where he resembles prime-Shaq, burying opposing defenders on post-ups.
His 8.3 post-up possessions per game last season were by far the most in the NBA, and his 1.1 points per post-up possession were also the best in the league for any player averaging more than two post-ups per game.